Governor helps Men's Shed in Mt Druitt celebrate 10 years
On Wednesday, when Professor Bashir returned to The Shed to help celebrate its 10th anniversary, she observed that the Shed, like the tree she planted 10 years ago, had grown considerably since her last visit.
“This wonderful place has done so much in 10 years and the tree I planted almost symbolises the men who come here growing stronger and taller,” she said.
Professor Bashir was joined by Professor John Macdonald, Foundation Chair in Primary Health Care at the University of Western Sydney and Director, Men’s Health Information and Resource Centre (MHIRC), the Shed Coordinator Mr Rick Welsh, Aboriginal
Elders and prominent Aboriginal and community members, invited guests and Shed regulars.
The Shed was established in 2004 as a partnership between MHIRC at the University of Western Sydney and Holy Family Church at Mt. Druitt, to meet the needs of all kinds of men, particularly those from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
It focuses on supporting men who were considered to be at risk of serious stress and suicide, generally because of cumulative stress they suffered often due to disadvantaged situations.
The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing funds the project from money available in the National Strategy for Prevention of Suicide initiative.
Those who attended this week’s 10th anniversary celebration heard that The Shed continues with its original mission and still today, offers a range of services tailored for men from all walks of life.
Whether Shed regulars simply want to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat, or they are men in need of referrals or counselling to help address problems with the justice system, health issues or family problems, The Shed is there to help.
It continues to provide support to men and their families and is a place of encouragement and hope for many who are trying to improve their life situations.
6 June 2014
Photos: Sally Tsoutas
Media contact: Lyn Danninger, Media Officer
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